When Maps Become the World

AKTUELT / 21.11.19

Foto: Kortudsnit, Høje målebordsblade 1842-1899. © Styrelsen for Dataforsyning og Effektivisering

Hvad sker der, når kort bliver den grunlæggende måde at forstå verden på? Dr. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther gæster Copenhagen Landscape Lectures med en forelæsning om sin kommende bog, When Maps Become the World

Dr. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, Lektor på Humaniora, University of California, Santa Cruz gæster Copenhagen Landscape Lectures, med et foredrag om kort som det dominerende grundlag for vores forståelse af verden. Copenhagen Landscape Lectures er en offentlig foredragsrække for alle der er interesseret i, hvordan vi former vores fysiske omgivelser i byer, landskaber, uddannelse og praksis. Om forelæsningen med Dr. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther skriver arrangørerne:

Dr. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther will talk about his forthcoming book When Maps Become the World in which he discusses map making and, ultimately, map thinking that is ubiquitous across literature, cosmology, mathematics, psychology, and genetics. We partition, summarize, organize, and clarify our world via spatialized representations. Our maps and, more generally, our representations seduce and persuade; they build and destroy. They are the ultimate record of empires and of our evolving comprehension of our world.

This book is about the promises and perils of map thinking. Maps are purpose-driven abstractions, discarding detail to highlight only particular features of a territory. By preserving certain features at the expense of others, they can be used to reinforce a privileged position.

When Maps Become the World shows us how the scientific theories, models, and concepts we use to intervene in the world function as maps, and explores the consequences of this, both good and bad. We increasingly understand the world around us in terms of models, to the extent that we often take the models for reality. Winther explains how in time, our historical representations in science, in cartography, and in our stories about ourselves replace individual memories and become dominant social narratives – they become reality, and they can remake the world.

After the lecture and discussions, everyone is invited to an informal reception. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Tid: 28. november 2019, kl: 16:30-18:00.
Sted: IGN, Rolighedsvej 23, Frederiksberg C, Auditorium Landskab.
Tilmelding: Ingen tilmelding, men begrænsede pladser.
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